IFSA Business and Innovation

Tel Aviv, Israel


Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Business and Innovation

OPENING FALL 2019!  Watch entrepreneurs work in collaborative spaces in Tel Aviv and feel the innovation in the air. As one of the world's most important start-up capitals, Tel Aviv rivals Silicon Valley and empowers individuals to take a step towards their future alongside those who are creating it.

Business and Innovation Benefits


  • Give your resume a boost by participating in an internship learning from entrepreneurs and innovators in R & D or tech incubators
  • Expand your knowledge of the startup process
  • In the modern Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv, you'll interact with some of the entrepreneurs and innovators who are leading the world in insurance and finance technology
  • Take courses at the Academic College Tel Aviv - Yaffo (MTA), a pioneering non-profit, public academic institution with an innovative approach to learning and a commitment to social responsibility
  • Make south Tel Aviv your home, a short walk from the trendy Jaffa flea market, filled with food, art, and fashion.

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Business and Innovation

The Business and Innovation Program invites you to expand your network and gain practical and professional experience in one of the worlds most important startup capitals of the world. The 15-credit semester is comprised of five elective courses open to all students. All courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credits. In addition to your courses. you'll take Essential Hebrew, a 1 U.S. semester credit hour course.

Essential Hebrew: This exclusive IFSA Opportunity is a required culture course taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life. Right from the start, you'll gain essential skills to communicate effectively and navigate in a new culture. 

Students have the choice of mixing and matching our courses to create a tailor-made semester to meet their individualized learning goals.

Not all courses may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment. Click on each link below for a detailed course syllabus and suggested U.S. university equivalencies.

Entrepreneurship: Creating a Plan of Action: Entrepreneurship is widely understood as engaging in a process to seek out or create opportunities for starting a business; yet there is a gap between what entrepreneurs actually do to start a business and what some investors actually want prior to investing their money in entrepreneurs and their businesses. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to teach students how to do both: 1) think through and engage in the creation of a start-up and 2) develop and communicate a business plan to potential investors. To do the first, students will learn about and follow the "lean start-up" methodology; and to do the second, students will learn how to prepare a traditional business plan.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship: This course introduces the terminology of entrepreneurship, defining and analyzing entrepreneurial principles and their application in various environments, technological, economic, and developing and executing business and social entrepreneurship processes. The course will cover theoretical, empirical and practical aspects, including the analysis of examples of local Israeli and global entrepreneurship. Creating and managing diverse work teams and promoting entrepreneurship in culturally sensitive ways will be thematic topic of conversation.

The Entrepreneurial Process: Advanced Case Analysis: This course examines the process of planning and establishing new ventures based on analysis of case studies. Students will practice strategic analysis and simulation of decision-making in new business organizations from a holistic perspective to improve the entrepreneurial process likelihood of success with a view to the managerial environment typical of most industrial sectors. Content is based on the spiral progression approach informed by the analysis of case studies of both successful and unsuccessful ventures, both local and global. A foundational course in entrepreneurship is a prerequisite for this learning experience.

Evaluations of Creative Thinking and Problem-solving Strategies Seminar: This dynamic seminar combines knowledge, tools and techniques relate to teamwork and team management. It allows student facilitators to raise and analyze issues and dilemmas they encounter throughout activity in the facilitated groups and, together, find ways of coping with them. Students will face challenges in managing people and business activity. Participation in the Young Entrepreneurs Program is included in this course, equipping students with the tools they need to consult, support and leader groups and projects.

Innovative Marketing: An introduction to innovating marketing within the entrepreneurial context is provided in this course. Students will learn about the various challenges faced by a marketing manager when launching a new venture. They will gain facility with all stages of managing the marketing of a new venture and the marketing tools appropriate for each. They will additionally hone skills of analysis in evaluating the marketing indicators in the first stages of a new venture. An introductory course in marketing is a prerequisite for learning experience.

Project Team Management in Innovation Companies: Team Management, leadership and management concepts are examined in this course within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation. Course content covers approaches, methodologies, tools and techniques to prepare managers to lead successful projects in organizations. We will asses and implement methods for project planning, management, and control, integrating topics of classic project management with innovative topics, including agile and strategic projects management. Discussion are centered on the idea of creating a new product or service.

Issues in Cybersecurity for Startups: The information age, with the emergence and spread of advanced communication technologies, contributes to significant changes in culture, politic and society, and - most recently - has transformed the world of warfare. This course reviews the cyber from two perspectives: acts of cyber warfare by stat -sponsored hackers and acts of resistance by ideological hackers. Students will examine issues of industrial espionage and consider how cybercrime can impact startups, evaluating method for securing their new ideas, products and services.

Venture Capital and Growth: Venture Capital as a form of private equity, has become a popular funding option for startups and young companies, allowing investment in an early - or growth stage company in exchange for an equity stake in the firm and with the expectation that the startup will become viable and profitable in the future. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools for managing a venture capital firm including fundraising and sourcing, of private equity markets (VCs and LBOs), the major players in the markets and their activities, and the financial strategies these players employ.  

Exploring Community and Culture in a Global Context: In addition to required and elective courses, IFSA students may participate in an exciting online course with a global cohort from IFSA locations around the world. Enrolling in this course brings your course load to, or above, 18 U.S. semester credit hours and requires approval from your study abroad advisor. Through a creative online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the contest of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students cover topics such as intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This course is ideal for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace. The asynchronous course format allows you to take part in online discussions, post responses, review peer contributions, submit your assignments, read materials and watch instructor videos at the time of day (or night) that best suits your personal schedule. 
Experiential Learning
Internship and Methodology Seminar
In Tel Aviv, IFSA students have the opportunity to participate in a career-shaping part- time, credit -bearing internship at sites that may include startups and entrepreneurship incubators. Students undergo an individually tailored placement process and collectively take part in a methodology seminar that culminates in a final paper and presentation.Throughout the semester, students acquire real world work experience while developing intercultural skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success. internships placements may include local start-ups, technology incubators, R & D in scientific or technological companies, and finance and insurance companies.
IFSA courses are taught by English - speaking faculty from the Academic College of Tel Aviv - Yaffo, who combine theoretical and practical expertise to inspire curiosity, debate, and critical thinking in their chosen subject area. Most courses also incorporate guest lectures and field visits with Israeli scholars, entrepreneurs, and industrial scientists.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Business and Innovation
Business Business Psychology Computer Science Criminal Justice/Criminology Cybersecurity Economics Entrepreneurship and Innovation History Human Resources Intelligence/Security Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Management Marketing Sociology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
All students live in centrally located, fully furnished apartment in Tel Aviv. Students have shared bedrooms and bathrooms. There is no meal plan; students purchase their meals or cook for themselves.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kerry Uniyal

Program Advisor, Australia, China, India, Israel, Custom

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Monica Wasserbach

Resident Director Israel Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

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Heather Young

Associate Director for Academic Affairs

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 28, 2019
Program End Date
December 19, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid—January 2020
Program End Date
Late—May 2020

Program Fees

Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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